• Healthy Salads and Sides

    Balsamic Brussel Sprouts

    In recent years, brussel sprouts have become a huge trend. They are everywhere – breakfast, lunch, dinner – salads, sides, and mains – sweet, savory, candied, crispy, or tender. Brussel sprouts do it all! A few months back, I posted one of my favorite recipes EVER for Maple Bacon Brussel Sprouts – these sprouts are incredible because they are sweet AND savory simultaneously. The maple syrup makes them deliciously sweet, yet the bacon is just full of flavor and salt. MMM I want some now!! So, why fix what isn’t broken? Well why not?! Might as well spice things up! This new SAVORY brussel sprout recipe is totally different than the Maple Bacon…

  • Healthy Salads and Sides,  Sides

    Maple Bacon Brussel Sprouts

    Thanksgiving is COMING!!! I LOVE Thanksgiving. It is hands down one of my favorite favorite holidays! Family, friends, and food – what else could you ask for? My parents make an AMAZING turkey every year – but if I am being honest, I could do without the turkey. It’s all about the sides for me – stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato, bread, cornbread, mac and cheese… Shoot. I literally just mentioned all carbs. NO WONDER I feel so incredibly full after Thanksgiving! But how can one eat vegetables when there is so much deliciousness around?? This Thanksgiving there will be at least one vegetable on the table that you do…

  • Healthy Main Courses,  Healthy Salads and Sides

    Crockpot Butternut Squash Soup (VG)

    One of my favorite fall vegetables is HANDS-DOWN the Butternut Squash. Just thinking about it makes me excited for Thanksgiving!! It is such a versatile vegetable – you can use it in warm or cold salads, as a delicious mash, instead of noodles, or even just chopped and roasted! Butternut squash is amazing with other super foods like quinoa, brussel sprouts, and cranberries – but its also fabulous all on its own! Roasted with a little olive oil, salt and pepper – so flavorful and rich – mmm mmm MMM! I love it! Okay okay – you get it, I know. So why am I writing all this jibber jabber?…

  • Healthy Salads and Sides

    Balsamic Cucumber Tomato Salad

    So the other day I was at the grocery store – surprise surprise – and I started craving something fresh. Now this IS a surprise! Usually, I crave carbs, carbs, and more carbs. Yes – I buy the good stuff. But if I was really buying to my cravings, my purchases would most often consist of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, Bob Evan’s Mashed Potatoes, and french bread. Yes, indeed – I do love me some carbs. Anyway, I must have been low on vitamin C or vitamin K or something – because all I really wanted was a whole bunch of tomatoes! Like who am I? So I got thinking –…

  • Healthy Main Courses,  Healthy Salads and Sides

    Easy Beet and Goats’ Cheese Salad

    Are you all tired of my talking about Israel yet? Too bad!! I got at LEAST a few more weeks of non-stop Israel talk! Speaking of Israel, that brings me to my NEXT topic of discussion – BEET SALAD! What? Beets? Israel? Haley you gone cray cray? No I have not thank you very much! Beets are a SUPER polarizing vegetable. People love them or hate them. Personally, I have always been a beet hater – yeah that’s right! I said it. I mean come on – they taste like dirt! Actually! Who wants to eat something that is stereotypically known to taste like dirt?? Not me! So why in…

  • Healthy Salads and Sides

    Chickpea Feta Salad

    When I was in Israel, I cannot even explain how many chickpeas I must have consumed. Obviously there was the hummus – which was absolutely incredible. I could eat it forever! But chickpeas were also used in all sorts of other dishes – salads, stews, sauces and more. One might think that I would have gotten sick of eating chickpeas while I was over there, but I feel as though the exact opposite happened! Now that I am home, I just want to eat more chickpeas! As I mentioned in my other post, Baked Chickpeas, chickpeas are such a great source of protein!  All our meals were Kosher while in…